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CLEMENTINE by Sebastian Loth Kirkus Star


by Sebastian Loth & illustrated by Sebastian Loth

Age Range: 3 - 6

Pub Date: May 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-7358-4009-6
Publisher: NorthSouth

A scientific-minded snail enters the Space Race. When she sits on the branch of her favorite tree, the little snail looks just like the ripe orange fruit hanging from it; that's why she's called Clementine. She loves everything round, including tires, billiard balls and... the moon. In fact, it's her dream to glide gently over the moon's surface. Clementine shares this dream with her best friend Paul (an earthworm who occasionally wears pince-nez) and they team up on the project, with a telescope, various tools and numerous diagrams. There are also trial runs with a trampoline and a slingshot. In short order, Clementine is blasting off into outer space with a red rocket strapped to her shell. She orbits the Earth, amazed and delighted to discover that her world is round like her beloved moon. She lands unhurt in the village pond. It takes her six weeks to get home (she is a snail), and faithful friend Paul is there to welcome her with some congratulatory balloons. The observant and deliberate snail is the perfect embodiment of a young scientist. Loth's illustrations carry the weight of the offbeat story, featuring rich colors, beautiful compositions and a cinematic sense of movement; a spectacular double-gatefold conveys Clementine's wonder as she orbits. The book ends with a little science lesson about the Earth. Gently inviting. (Picture book. 3-6)